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Oscar Pistorius was in a packed courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday for a bail hearing. He continued to go with his story that he did not know that he was firing at his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, when he shot through a closed bathroom door four times. Prosecutors tell another story and have charged him with premeditated murder.
South Africa’s News24 reports that in his affidavit, Pistorius says that he was only protecting Steenkamp and himself. He denied the allegations that he murdered Steenkamp “in the strongest terms. Nothing can be further from the truth.” The affidavit claimed that Pistorius had just received a Valentine’s Day gift from Steenkamp and that he “couldn't have been happier.”
Pistorius claims that he thought he heard someone go to the bathroom, assuming the person was an intruder. He fired the shots and was horrified when Steenkamp was not next to him. He used a cricket bat to break open the bathroom door and saw Steenkamp. “Reeva was slumped over but alive....She died in my arms,” the affidavit, read aloud by his lawyer, stated.
However, prosecutors see it differently. According to The New York Times, prosecutor Gerrie Nel believed it was premeditated. “She locked the door for a purpose. We will get to that purpose,” Nel said.
Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, insisted that there was no evidence for a murder charge, but Nel insisted, “If I arm myself, walk a distance and murder a person, that is premeditated...The door is closed. There is no doubt. I walk seven meters and I kill.”
Pistorius, a double leg amputee, had been a worldwide icon following his run at the London Olympics. Steenkamp was a model and had just starred in a reality series for South African TV.